If you look out to sea from the west coast of Ireland on a surfing holiday, the next stop is North America. Pair this endless ocean and the perfect waves it creates with long, golden sand beaches, and you have a surfer’s paradise.

No matter where you take your surf holiday in Ireland, you’ll be sure to find friendly locals and coastal pubs where you can experience a bit of local Irish surf culture, and a fresh pint after a long day in the waves. As the sun sets over the Atlantic and you reflect on your day, you’ll realise there are few things quite as special as a surfing holiday in Ireland.

Surfing Adventures in Ireland

Surfing holidays are all about truly immersing yourself in a landscape, about taking to the water and experiencing the power of nature, harnessing it to enjoy one of the most exhilarating feelings. Skimming across the sea surface, sending salt spray into the fresh sea air as a wave propels you to shore is an experience you don’t forget.

And in some parts of Ireland, surfing is more than a sport or a hobby. For many of the locals, surfing is a way of life. So by heading to the beaches along the coast near somewhere like Sligo for a surfing holiday, you’re experiencing an essential and authentic piece of Irish culture.

Not In The Guidebooks put you in touch with local instructors and surfing enthusiasts who know the beaches, the tides and the currents better than anyone, so that you can be safe in the knowledge that you’re experiencing the best surfing spots in a totally safe environment.

And at the end of your exhilarating day in the waves, it’s only right to kick back on the beach, feel the warm sand between your toes and the dried salt in your hair, as you enjoy an ice cold beer and barbecue as the sun goes down, because when it comes to surfing, the culture extends far beyond the activity itself.

Join a Not In The Guidebooks surfing holiday to find the most beautiful beaches, the best surf and the best local instructors, and upgrade your beach holiday to experiencing an exhilarating piece of local culture.

Where to experience surfing holidays in Ireland

Head to the dramatic coastline of plunging sea cliffs, wave-battered stacks and arches, misty coves and long stretches of stunning beaches near Sligo, for a surf holiday that guarantees amazing surf and beautiful scenery. Sligo is famous for its surfing, and people from all over Europe flock to its beaches

The locals here are famously friendly, and it won’t take too much searching to seek out a relaxed pub full of local surfers, or find someone ready to show you in the direction of the secret beauty spots and secluded beaches.

Wherever you go for a surfing holiday in Ireland, you can be sure that you’ll create memories of unique experiences that last a lifetime.

Who are our Irish surf holiday guests?

People who have never set foot on a surfboard in their life, people who enjoy bodyboarding, surf beginners and people who are aiming to hone their technique and seek out the best surf spots thanks to that invaluable local knowledge, everyone is welcome on our surfing holidays in Ireland.

Your instructors are experts at teaching all, from the absolute beginners to the experts, and they’ll ensure you are absolutely safe and in your comfort zone throughout your time in the water. This means you can simply relax, drink in the stunning scenery, and enjoy that unique experience of mastering the waves.

All you need to bring is energy, enthusiasm and the thirst to try something a little different. Sound like you?

Why choose Not In The Guidebooks?

We’re passionate about helping people find the most amazing experiences on their travels, through meeting local people, exploring new places, and discovering alternative activities that make holidays special. We do this by carefully selecting partners in countries around the world who are experts in their local area, sourcing interesting people who can guide you through immersive experiences.

We’ve got local partners all across Ireland, from the wild and windswept beaches and dramatic headlands of the region around Sligo, all the way to the bustling streets and endless energy of Dublin. Choosing a Not In The Guide Books holiday in Ireland means you don’t have to choose between a beach holiday or an activity-filled break, you can get the best of both worlds with a unique trip.